Plate Carriers, Chest Rigs, Backpacks

    ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is a full-duty plate carrier that combines all Qore Performance® technologies into an ultra-light, durable, and breathable plate carrier. ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 weaponizes temperature to enhance human operator performance. Chest rig and backpack hydration compatible.

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    ICEPLATE EXO® is the first and only plate carrier in the world with organically integrated Conductive and Convective Thermoregulation + Hydration capabilities. What exactly does this mean? Let us break it down for you. When out in the field, regulating your body's temperature can be the difference between life and death. The insulating properties of body armor raise the risk of lost performance, dehydration, or even heat stroke. When facing extreme conditions, you want your tactical plate carrier to have the highest possible thermal transmittance. Put simply, you want your body armor to retain as little heat as possible.

    When compared to other popular plate carrier vests, the ICEPLATE EXO® outclasses the competition with up to 38ºF of thermal shift. So, it will naturally keep you cooler than most other plate carriers, but that only goes so far out in the field. Enter the ICEPLATE® Curve, a hard-cell hydration bladder that, when frozen, provides 70 watts of cooling power. When used in tandem, the ICEPLATE EXO® and ICEPLATE® Curve create an all-in-one cooling/heating/hydration ballistic protection vest to take your performance from ordinary to Superhuman.


    When out in the field, whether you work in law enforcement or are military personnel, limiting the amount of weight you carry down to the ounce is essential. While small differences in weight may not seem like much at first, they can have a substantial impact over time. Comparing against other popular tactical plate carriers, the ICEPLATE EXO® is lighter both when dry and when wet. Couple that with the fact the ICEPLATE EXO® is hydrophobic and dries quickly, the weight savings begin to pile up. We spend hours upon hours researching and testing the materials we use creating reliability and consistency in all conditions. When considering the lightweight plate carriers on the market today, the ICEPLATE EXO® stands above the rest.


    The ICEPLATE EXO® isn't the only cooling vest you should check out.

    ICEPLATE EXO®-XFT: This weighted training vest utilizes the cooling/heating/hydration power of two ICEPLATE® Curves to take human performance to the next level. It is perfect for those who partake in high intensity workouts like Crossfit, Murph, The Tactical Games, The Patriot Games, Spartan Races, and more.

    ICEPLATE EXO®-CRH: The EXO®-CRH brings the performance-enhancing and environmental inoculation capabilities of the ICEPLATE® Curve to chest rigs everywhere.

    ICEPLATE EXO®-SLK: For our civilian users looking to gain an edge, the ICEPLATE EXO®-SLK is the ultimate cooling/heating/hydration vest. This utility bridges that gap between our outgoing IceVest Black and the top-of-the-line ICEPLATE EXO®.


    Perhaps the best part about the ICEPLATE EXO® is that it fully integrates with our IceAge EcoSystem.

    ICEPLATE®: The field can produce harsh conditions, and you need to be ready to combat them. ICEPLATE® is the world's first ever plate carrier hydration system with cooling+heating capabilities. The ICEPLATE® Curve is a Medium ESAPI-shaped water bottle that gives you unparalleled control of your environment.

    ICEVENTS®: Not only do plate carriers typically lack proper ventilation, but they can also just be downright uncomfortable. ICEVENTS® provides ventilated padding for your shoulder straps, chest rig, belt, holster, boots, and, of course, your body armor.


    We carry a variety of accessories, hard plate rifle armor, and tactical gear for your plate carrier to make life easier out in the field. Our MOLLE placard pairs great with Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Triple M4 Mag Pouches and is SwiftClip and G-Hook compatible, so it can be used with basically any modern plate carrier or vest with those hookups.

    In terms of body armor plates, the ICEPLATE EXO® is compatible with medium SAPI plates, ESAPI plates, and Swimmer plates. We offer the following stand-alone DFNDR ballistic plates:

    Complete your kit with our assortment of plate carrier accessories and tactical gear.


    At Qore Performance, we are committed to manufacturing our products in the United States with United States sourced materials. We spend countless hours in the lab and the field testing our materials and products to eliminate compromise. From our proprietary ICEPLATE EXO® Laminate to the best American-made hardware and genuine Velcro brand hook and loop (military specification), we are relentless in selecting fully Made in the USA materials that accomplish the exact mission they are designed for. ICEPLATE EXO® is 100% made in-house at our Knoxville, TN headquarters.


    Absolutely! ICEPLATE EXO® is for anyone looking to protect themselves with the best plate carrier available.

    ICEPLATE EXO® weighs in at 12.9 ounces when dry. When wet, it weighs only 26.5 ounces. Both of these are the lowest when compared to some of the other most popular plate carriers.

    Over 80% of the population wears a Medium sized plate carrier. Your front plate should be placed at your Sternal Angle and centered on your mid-clavicular line. The top of your back armor plate should be approximately one inch or two vertebrae below your Vertebra prominens. The bottom of your armor plate should be approximately one to three inches above your belly button, depending on your height and torso size.

    Check out this article for more information.

    Yes! ICEPLATE EXO® has both a front and rear bag you can use for plates or ICEPLATE®s. Additionally, up to three (3) IMS Pro Combos can be added to ICEPLATE EXO®: body facing side of front plate bag, body facing side of rear plate bag, and the world-facing side of the rear plate bag. While we generally only recommend running IMS Pro on the rear plate bags, ICEPLATE EXO® can accommodate them on the front plate bag for the most extreme conditions.

    Check out this article for more info

    We chose the Medium size since over 80% of Americans wear a size Medium plate carrier. We like the curvature of ESAPI as it fits better with your body.

    Level III is sufficient for the vast majority of threats that citizens, law enforcement, and even some military members will face. However, Level IV does add another level of protection that is necessary in some situations. Check out this article for the full breakdown.

    This largely depends on a number of variables like what exactly you need it for, the circumstances, what gear you’ll need, and more. Check out this article for a full breakdown.

    It's worth noting that with our CRH Adapter Kit, you get both a plate carrier and a micro chest rig (connected by our MOLLE Placard) when you purchase an ICEPLATE EXO®.

    Yes. Most armor plates are designed to withstand being exposed to the elements. Check out this article for more information.

    This is a bit of a tricky question. While the ICEPLATE EXO® will keep you cooler compared to other plate carriers, it will make you warmer than you were without one on unless you pair it with an ICEPLATE® Curve. 

    In fact, if you were to put an ICEPLATE® in both your front and rear plate bags, you would be cooler than if you weren’t wearing a plate carrier at all.


    Yes, but you’ll need to add additional Velcro to the bottom plate retention flap if your 10” x 12” plates are more than 0.35” thick. 

    We may be biased, but we believe the ICEPLATE EXO® is the best plate carrier available for maritime operations, and the data backs it up. ICEPLATE EXO® is lighter when wet and sheds water faster than other leading plate carriers. Check out our full comparison here.

    You can use our ICEPLATE EXO®-CRH Adapter Kit to achieve this.

    ICEPLATE EXO®-XFT weighs 18.4 ounces.

    Absolutely! For those who like to work out with their shirt off, we recommend the ICEPLATE EXO®-XFT.

    Absolutely! For those who like to work out with their shirt off, we recommend the ICEPLATE EXO®-XFT.

    With just the ICEPLATE® EXO, you can use either an ICEPLATE® Curve or an armor plate in the plate bag. Not at the same time.

    However, with an IMS Pro, you can use both at the same time.

    They all work great. However, IMS Pro was designed along with ICEPLATE EXO®, so the partnership between the two is fully optimized.


    Check out this article for all our accessory recommendations and implementation strategies.

    Certainly! Check out this article for some setup ideas.